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In most disasters, whether it’s a hurricane, a terrorist attack, or a city full of looters, people get hurt. Survival first aid is essential in these situations, but very hard to come by due to overcrowded hospitals. After food, water and shelter, medical supplies and a good book on first aid should be your next priority.

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The Ready Store 299 Piece First Aid Kit Fortunately, it isn’t very expensive to assemble your own first aid kit. Consider all the most likely disaster scenarios, how many people will be with you, their health, and what types of medical emergencies might occur. Now examine the list below and make adjustments based on your personal situation.

Note: You can get the bandages and dressings together in one kit from The Ready Store for about $25. However, there are many important items that are not included in that particular kit. Those are listed below under “additional items.”

Now I don’t expect everyone to immediately run out and buy all these items. I like to print lists and keep them on my desk so every weekend I can look for a couple more things and cross them off the list.

1-1/2″x1-1/2″ patch plastic bandage
1″x3″ adhesive plastic bandages
1″x3″ fabric bandages
2″x4″ elbow & knee plastic bandages
3/4″x3″ adhesive plastic bandages
3/4″x3″ fabric bandages
3/8″x1-1/2″ junior plastic bandages
Fingertip fabric bandages
Knuckle fabric bandages

1/2″x5 yard first aid tape roll
2″x2″ moleskin squares
4″x5″ instant cold compress
6″x11/16″ finger splint
Butterfly bandages
Emergency blanket

Injury Treatment:
2″ conforming gauze roll bandage
2″x2″ gauze pads
3″x3″ gauze dressing pads
4″x4″ gauze dressing pads
5″x9″ trauma pad
Eye pads

Medicine and Antiseptics:
Alcohol prep pads
Antibiotic ointment
Antiseptic towelettes
Aspirin tablets
Burn relief pack
First aid/burn cream packs
Ibuprofen tablets
Insect sting relief ointment
Non-aspirin tablets

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References, Tools, Etc:
3″ cotton tipped applicators
First aid book
Vinyl gloves

Additional Items:
(Not included in The Ready Store kit.
Some of these are very advanced.)
Activated charcoal
Aloe vera
Calamine lotion
Cotton balls
Dental tools
Eye drops
Hydrocortisone cream
Hydrogen peroxide
Imodium A-D
Insect repellent
Instant hot pack
Instant cold pack
Latex gloves
Oil of cloves
Paper cups
Rubbing alcohol
Safety pins
Saline solution
Sam splint
Smelling salts
Snake bite poison extractor
Sun block
Super glue
Tongue blades
Wound closure strips

If you can afford it, make two kits and keep one at home and one in your car. Keep track of expiration dates on medications and remember that most meds, depending on the season and climate, will expire several months sooner if they’re kept in the car.

Recommended Books:
Backcountry First Aid and Extended Care
NOLS Wilderness First Aid
Where There Is No Doctor

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  • papa bear

    One item that I noticed on the list is Aloe. An easy way to have this is to grow your own Aloe plant. My wife has one growing as a potted plant on the back porch. Whenever we have a minor burn or insect bites we break off a small piece of this plant and rub the juice on the affected area.

  • swampgirl

    Maybe some razor blades would come in handy in your kit….?